Millennium Challenge Road Legacy in Samar

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Aquino administration will leave behind an infrastructure legacy for the people of Samar Island.

The province of Western Samar from Barangay Buray in the town of Wright is now connected to Guiuan, Eastern Samar involving a total of 15 municipalities covering 222 kilometers by an all weather concrete paved road with 62 permanent bridges.

Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that the road project known as Secondary National Roads Development Project is a product of the continuing partnership between the United States of America through the Millenium Challenge Corporation and the Philippine Government in the common objective of bringing our people to inclusive economic growth.

Closing event for the project will be held May 19, 2016 in Borongan City, Eastern Samar after 44 challenging months of project implementation notwithstanding the devastating effects of Typhoon “Yolanda” in Eastern Visayas during the period of implementation.

Singson said that the Samareños are witnessed to the realization of their dream road which created jobs, improved flow of goods and services, and better peace and order, as well as access to tourism, healthcare, education and other facilities.

The end of civil works activities for the project will however mark the beginning of the community managed road maintenance program initiatives between DPWH, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Road Board for the San Julian to Guiuan road segment in Eastern Samar.

The community managed road maintenance program is an opportunity for our people to demonstrate their sense of responsibility and participation in nation building, said Singson.

With the concerted efforts of government and the people in the locality, there is no doubt that we can preserve this legacy road project to enjoy the fruits of our cooperation for years to come, added Singson.